By Jodi Picoult

Police leader of a small Massachusetts city, Cameron McDonald makes the hardest arrest of his existence while his personal cousin Jamie involves him and confesses outright that he has killed his terminally ailing spouse out of mercy.

Now, a heated homicide trial plunges town into upheaval, and drives a wedge right into a contented marriage: Cameron, assisting the prosecution of their case opposed to Jamie, is abruptly at odds along with his dedicated spouse, Allie -- seduced through the belief of a guy so in love along with his spouse that he'd supply all her needs, even her desire to finish her lifestyles. And while an inexplicable charm ends up in a surprising betrayal, Allie faces the toughest questions of the center: while does love move the road of ethical legal responsibility? And what does it suggest to actually love another?

Praised for her "personal, detail-rich type" (Glamour), Jodi Picoult infuses this page-turning novel with middle, heat, and startling candor, taking readers on an unforgettable emotional trip.

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He puzzled if she had gotten his letter. sometimes, letters that have been being despatched someplace inside of Wheelock limitations have been introduced a similar day they'd been mailed. Mia driven prior Cam and walked towards the kitchen. He may perhaps listen the 2 ladies conversing and giggling, excessive runners of tune that reminded him of the dialog of birds. He didn't understand how lengthy he have been status there gazing not anything while Allie touched her hand to his shoulder. Mia used to be a number of steps at the back of her. “Cam,” Allie acknowledged, “can you open the wine?

He kissed a curl that had labored its approach to the nook of her mouth. He her all the way down to the sofa and got here into her slowly. She observed Cam’s attractiveness no longer in its entirety, yet in bits and items, like a camera’s eye swinging slowly. She panned from the russet of his thick hair to the veins underneath the white stretch of pores and skin, to the straightforward sculpted V the place the muscle of his shoulder joined his bicep. She ran her palms down his chest and belly to the spot the place they have been joined, and felt him shake. Their hearts have been pounding among them, a bit out of rhythm.

He sealed it in a Wheelock Police division envelope and, jogging from his workplace, set it on Hannah’s table with the outgoing mail. Allie wiped her palms at the white baker’s apron, scattering shiny yellow nasturtium petals over the kitchen flooring. She had packed a suitcase to take to Jamie’s apartment in Cummington; she had wiped clean the ground 1/2 the home; and now she was once getting ready dinner for Cam and Mia, a thank-you upfront for taking good care of issues whereas she used to be away. She was once roasting a fowl, stir-frying asparagus, and making her nasturtium-lettuce salad.

Yet that isn’t an choice. What I ask you to remember is that this: Jamie is a giant guy. Six foot 4, and in stable actual situation. He’s powerful. yet he couldn’t shield himself opposed to love. It labored its well beyond his judgment, earlier what he’d been stated to contemplate correct and fallacious, throughout the heavy burden of pressure he’d been ache with for months. If Jamie dedicated a criminal offense, it was once that he enjoyed his spouse an excessive amount of. yet is that anything for which he could be punished? ” Graham sat down. It was once 9:52.

As a psychologist on demand the country of Massachusetts, he had obvious his percentage of deadbeats and schizophrenics and borderline psychotics. as soon as he’d even interviewed a man who believed he were given a transplant of the left side—mind you, in simple terms the left side—of Charles Manson’s mind. Roanoke Martin had no cause to think that James MacDonald will be any various, any further or any under ten mins he can be placing to higher use with a lunchtime fuck. He had requested the normal questions: Did he comprehend his identify?

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